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Regional Picks: Shrubs For Shade – South

Fine Gardening - Issue 188

1. Fall-Blooming Camellia

Name: Camellia sasanqua

Zones: 7–9

Size: 4 to 10 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Morning sun to full shade; moist, organic, well-drained soil

Native range: Japan

Fall-blooming camellias are a spectacular way to add more color to the autumn shade garden. Blooms appear from early fall to early winter set amid lustrous, dark evergreen leaves that highlight the white, pink, or red flowers. With smaller leaves and overall size than spring-blooming camellias (Camellia japonica, Zones 7–9), and with several dwarf varieties available, these abundant bloomers are better adapted for use in smaller gardens and foundation plantings.


2. Japanese Plum Yew

Name: Cephalotaxus harringtonia cvs.

Zones: 6–9

Size: 2 to 10 feet tall and wide; may slowly reach 20 to 30 feet

Conditions: Partial to full shade; medium to low moisture; well-drained soil

Native range: Japan, China, Korea

This lovely evergreen tolerates deep shade, hot weather, and deer. Its short, dark green needles are arranged in a V-pattern…

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